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Marja Mortensson: Mojhtestasse

Read "Mojhtestasse" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The passing on of musical tradition is fundamental to any culture, but so too is innovation, which breathes new life into old ways. Mojhtestasse, the second album by Norwegian south Saami singer Marja Mortensson, continues her revival of the yoik tradition--a unique, chant-like vocalisation--that has been dormant in her family for several generations. Mortensson's wordless chant-cum-improvisations ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Rain Sultanov: Putting Baku On The Jazz Map

Read "Rain Sultanov: Putting Baku On The Jazz Map" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The Baku Jazz Festival has been a labor of love for its founder and Artistic Director, Rain Sultanov. And, like most love stories, there have been a few bumps along the road. Thirteen editions in, however, the Baku Jazz Festival is well established as one of the highpoints of Azerbaijan's annual cultural calendar. It mightn't draw ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

European Jazz Conference Lisbon 2018: Portuguese showcases

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Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB); Livraria Ler Devagar
European Jazz Conference Lisbon 2018
Lisbon, Portugal
September 13-15, 2018

European Jazz Conference Lisbon 2018: Portuguese showcases This year's annual European Jazz Conference, a convention organized by the European Jazz Network, took place at Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB) in the Portuguese capital ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

European Jazz Conference 2018

Read "European Jazz Conference 2018" reviewed by Ian Patterson

European Jazz Conference 2018
Centro Cultural de Belém
jny: Lisbon, Portugal
September 13-15, 2018

It was on the very edge of South-Western Europe, in Lisbon, that the European Jazz Conference celebrated its fifth annual gathering. The three hundred plus delegates from thirty five countries who convened in the Centro Cultural ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Joe Zawinul: Faces and Places

Read "Faces and Places" reviewed by Kris Perdew

It is reassuring and life-affirming to hear in Faces and Places, a return to form for Joe Zawinul at age 70. On this album, the Austrian-born keyboardist revisits many of the themes he originally unveiled with his famous collective Weather Report three decades ago. On this exceptional set, Zawinul is joined by Cameroonian bassist and singer ...

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Carlos Bica & Azul featuring Frank Möbus and Jim Black: More Than This

Read "More Than This" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Azul, comprising Portuguese bassist Carlos Bica, guitarist Frank Möbus from Germany and drummer Jim Black from New York, is one of those trios around with a highly notable profile and characteristic signature. No doubt many dedicated music lovers will have their own history with this group that has been active now for more than 20 years. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Guinga: Porto da Madama

Read "Porto da Madama" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Brazilian music is an immediately recognizable genre with a distinct sense of melancholy underlying its beautiful melodies and harmonies. Indeed, the poetic lyrics, the soft edges of the language itself and the particular chordal colorings chosen virtually define that which is “Brazil."

Although this exceedingly attractive music has naturally been picked up by musicians ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Rui Neves e la scena jazzistica portoghese

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Nel 2013 su All About Jazz Italia comparve una serie organica di interviste da parte di Enrico Bettinello a protagonisti del jazz italiano (produttori, agenti, direttori artistici...) con l'obiettivo di analizzare i meccanismi e i criteri che caratterizzano la programmazione dei festival jazz nel nostro Paese. A quella meritoria ed esauriente iniziativa si può ricollegare idealmente ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Iva Bittova: Knowing, Feeling...

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[Note: This article was first published in Music & Literature, a North American magazine dedicated to promoting artists worthy of wider attention]

Iva Bittová is a rare talent. She has developed a personal idiom and vocabulary that is almost entirely her own. Her sound, her very personal language, forged from the union of ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Sara Serpa: A Musical Journey

Read "Sara Serpa: A Musical Journey" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Vocalist and composer Sara Serpa is one of the most original and innovative musicians to emerge since the turn of the century. She has already made an indelible mark on the modern music scene in the span of a mere four years. Her unique style of vocalese allows her to utilize the full range of her ...